Gold Medal Winner
Teruyuki Nakajima, Prof.
Currently the director, Earth Observation Research Center (EORC), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo. Contributing to research for radiative transfer of the atmosphere and ocean, remote sensing of aerosol and cloud microphysics, and modeling study of anthropogenic aerosol effects to the earth’s climate. IPCC lead authors for TAR, AR5, and Special Report for Aviation. Past president of IRC; an officer of Joint Scientific Committee, WCRP; Serving as the secretary general of ICSU/International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS), associate member of Science Council of Japan, president of Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences Section/Japan Geoscience Union, executive member of Japan Meteorological Society.
Young Scientist Award
Zhibo Zhang received the B.S. degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the Nanjing University in China in 2001, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Atmospheric Sciences from the Texas A&M University in 2004 and 2008, respectively. He joined the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology of the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in 2008, working onsite in the Climate and Radiation Laboratory (613) of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. In 2011, he joined the Physics Department of UMBC as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Zhang was a winner of the NASA’s New Investigator Program (NIP) in Earth Science in 2014, a member of the American Geophysical Union and American Meteorology Society, and also a science team member of NASA’s MODIS and PACE missions.